the act or process of comprehending.
the state of being comprehended.
perception or understanding: His comprehension of physics is amazing for a young student.
capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; power to grasp ideas; ability to know.
Logic. the connotation of a term.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin comprehēnsiōn- (stem of comprehēnsiō), equivalent to comprehēns(us) (past participle of comprehendere to comprehend) + -iōn- -ion

miscomprehension, noun
noncomprehension, noun
precomprehension, noun
supercomprehension, noun
uncomprehension, noun Unabridged
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comprehension (ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən)
1.  the act or capacity of understanding
2.  the state of including or comprising something; comprehensiveness
3.  education an exercise consisting of a previously unseen passage of text with related questions, designed to test a student's understanding esp of a foreign language
4.  obsolete logic the attributes implied by a given concept or term; connotation

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1540s, from L. comprehensionem "a seizing," noun of action from comprehendere (see comprehend). In reading education, from 1921.
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comprehension com·pre·hen·sion (kŏm'prĭ-hěn'shən)
See apperception.

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Example sentences
There are several varieties of pointing, and this is important for
  understanding why dogs' comprehension of the gesture matters.
It is followed the next day by a written comprehension test.
It is tomorrow's comprehension of life and of its evolution.
His pieces move with blazing speed, at times at the limits of comprehension.
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